The soul knows when it's in the heart of the desert – somehow, somewhere in the midst of the stillness, it senses peaceful release from whatever life's been throwing its way. The sights and sounds of the desert are healing for the soul. It's with this in mind that Ras Shaitan's Droub Camp is hosting their first of a series of events this April 22nd to 25th – "playing acoustic Oriental music in the desert and hiking all around the location of the camp," according to Albert Ayman, Co-Founder of Droub.
"Droub started because we wanted to create a space for people who are passionate about outdoor activities like mountaineering, rock climbing, and camping, as well those with interests in things like water sports," says Albert. "We wanted to create a community to include all of these people, instead of going to a place like Nuweiba to just hang out by the beach," he adds. So, he put together a team that knew very well what they were doing. "Our team already had professional experience in all these activities, so it's not like we just heard about those things," he reiterates.
To start off the music and sound healing adventure, you'll be spending the first day at the camp before heading to the Closed Canyon – their basecamp – on day two where you'll take on some adrenaline–pumping activities with various hikes and climbs. To cool things off a bit, the trip to the canyon will have a little twist to it. "We're going to have our first meditation session in the canyon with Egyptian instructor Karim El-Tobgi, a sound and music healing instructor," Albert shares. After that there will be some Oriental music jamming sessions, where they'll be playing various indigenous music forms. The next two days will include several other hikes, silent meditation sessions, and more cool jamming sessions.The recently-established Ras Shaitan camp aims to collect not only nature lovers, but also music aficionados and musicians, using music and art to inspire people. "Art in our camp is taking an acoustic Oriental/original approach to music. We have musicians in the camp – guitarist, percussionists, ney players, and so on," Albert adds.The trip costs 2,000 EGP for a single hut and 1,800 EGP per person for double occupancy on a half-board basis, including transportation, Bedouin guides, food, and the sound meditation sessions. For more information on how to book a place in this trip, check out the Droub Music and Sound Healing Trip on Facebook.
All photos courtesy of Droub Camp.